‘Trust me Not’ by Ankita Verma Datta: An Excellent Account of Today’s Cut-Throat World
“An excellent account of today’s cut-throat world, told through an intense love story. The complexity of the characters and the story keeps you riveted until the unexpected end.” These lines by famous Bollywood producer-director Madhur Bhandarkar for Trust Me Not by Ankita Verma Datta well corroborates the book’s essence.
Trust Me Not, which falls in the ‘Crime, Thriller and Mystery’ genre, deals with social issues, current affairs and politics. It deals with the interpersonal dynamics of the characters on the background of political treachery and manipulation.
Though a debut author, Ankita Verma Datta’s versatility as a seasoned author is visible in every word, every line, every paragraph, every page, every chapter, right from start to finish. The story is captivating and gripping from the first page, holding the reader’s interest. A range of myriad issues and situations encompassing politics, corruption, love, romance, conflicts, friendship, corporate culture, corporate politics, and more are intertwined. All characters portrayed have played their role well, whether small or big. The plot, the characters, the pace – are well knit. The story is full of surprises every now and then. The end is unexpected and thrilling. The icing in the cake is the simple language that the author has used, thus getting the reader easily connected to the story.
The young, strong, independent and gorgeous Reeva, the protagonist of the novel, works for a PR Agency in a prestigious position. The other main character Kunaal Kabi, is a rich businessman of double standards – showcases a warm attitude towards people in public but has a dark side which he keeps hidden from the society. He is known for his resourceful approach in the leading political parties. The two fall in love with each other. Reeva’s colleague and close friend Nihaal also develops feelings for her. Destiny favors Reeva and Kunaal when the latter becomes her boss for an MVPR project. Their relationship grows stronger. Another MVPR project employee Shalini, who knows Kunaal for a long time and is acquainted with his dark side perceives his bonding with Reeva. She has been witness to some of his dark secrets. She warns Reeva to steer clear of him.
The PR agency that Reeva works for bags a big contract of a political firm for the upcoming elections. Some conspiracies take place to cause the downfall of the leading political party. Everything goes wrong. Read the book to dive into the details and be witness to what is brewing throughout the realistic plot. Love, politics, corruption – all three are well blended into the story. The main characters and the side characters, all well-linked, are intricately woven with the political background of the plot.
To quote a review of Trust Me Not from Amazon, ‘As a young woman, I could easily relate with the situations and the characters in the book, especially with Reeva. The story is full of twists and turns and it felt real as if it is happening around me. Definitely a page turner and the ending will blow your mind.All women would love it because the book talks about the strength of women. A must read.’
Another review from Amazon speaks volume about the language and pace of the book by Ankita Verma Datta: “This is certainly an unputdownable book! The writing is lucid and fast paced and the language excellent! All the characters are well etched and stay with you much after you finish reading. A passionate romance , the murky dealings of politics and an awesome unexpected twist at the end make this novel interesting. Certain incidents remind you of the present socio political scenario and that makes the whole story come alive for me. I suggest you pick up this book but don’t start reading at night, because I promise you, you’ll be reading all night … you just can’t leave this one halfway!”
The author Ankita Verma Datta is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University and is trained in advertising communication and marketing at the Xavier Institute of Management/Communication. She has spent more than a decade in the advertising industry, handling a wide range of clients from finance, insurance, education, food industry and also government sector and political campaigns, before starting her own communications consultancy in 2003. Apart from marketing and advertising, she has interests in various other fields, including curating antique Portugal houses in Goa and ‘hobby-breeding’ the exotic dog breed of Tibetan Mastiffs. An ardent nature and animal lover, she spends her time between Mumbai, Lonavala and Goa.
The author is now concentrating on her next book which falls in the same genre of a ‘socio-political thriller’. The subject is a bit more sensitive and the treatment a lot more ‘hard hitting’. In the author’s own words, “It dwells upon the ‘identity crisis’ most of us are facing in today’s complex world, where we don’t know where we belong. And the youth is most affected by this. As of now I am not a full time writer and thus I have a job to manage as well, which is heading an Asian chemical company in India.”
When asked how the idea about writing a novel cropped up in her mind despite her being a busy corporate employee in a prestigious position, Ankita Verma Datta said, “I had never thought of writing professionally although I had a flair for it since I was very young. So, writing a novel did not happen as a premeditated move. One fine day I thought of something while watching a panel debate on TV and I was struck by a thought. And I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. And so, I started writing. But mostly I write because it comes naturally to me. I believe that the insights that I have about people and situations, help make the process more fluid.”
No book is a bad book or the most underrated for Ankita Verma Datta. She says, “No book/author should be banned on grounds of bad taste. I read an anonymous quote somewhere that even a bad book is like a leaky boat on the sea of wisdom. And, Some of it eventually gets in. So I don’t think there is a bad book out there. To me no published book is ever underrated, as long as even one reader picks it up and appreciates its content. Books are larger than life for me.”
Sky is the limit for Ankita Verma Datta in her writing journey.
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